Calling All My Vegetarians And Vegans, Here’s The Best Vegetarian Restaurants In Colorado Springs!

Food so good you won’t want to go anywhere else!

We understand the anxiety those with dietary preferences or restrictions face when traveling. As you’re planning your trip, you may ask yourself questions like: Will there be any vegetarian restaurants? What about restaurants with vegetarian options? Will I be able to find something on the menu that I am able to eat and enjoy? Will those I’m with enjoy the vegetarian restaurants as well?

We see you. We hear you. We feel for you. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best vegetarian restaurants in Colorado Springs (with menu deets, reviews, and more)! So that way you can spend less time worrying about where to eat and more time enjoying your trip to the Springs!

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1. Burrowing Owl

100% vegan restaurant and bar with a cozy, community environment!

1791 S 8th St | Colorado Springs | burrowingowllounge.com

Vegan brother duo Tyler and Cody simply wanted to create a cool timeless space for people to gather while saving a little bit of nature and earth along the way, and the Burrowing Owl has become exactly that. This 100% vegan bar & restaurant serves truly tasty meals along with great drinks served exactly how you want it.

Begin the night with the Bread & Spread, which is a kale walnut dip, rosemary white bean dip, with a smoked cheddar spread, on a toasted sourdough baguette. Then get classic with their BLT which is served with a side of soup, magic slaw, and/or potato chips. Lot’s of great options here that’ll make this place a new hand out spot.

“Amazing all around experience. The outside of building looks a bit nondescript, but the inside is a feast for the eyes. Food was yummy, service was excellent, ambiance was the best.

Highly recommend going with friends.” -Yelp Review

2. Rasta Pasta

Caribbean pasta that’s too good and a name that you’ll have a little too much fun saying!

405 N Tejon St | Colorado Springs | realrastapasta.com

Rasta Pasta’s menu boasts a fusion of Caribbean and Italian flavors with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.

And if you’re interested to see what’s on the menu, let us give you an idea. Featured items include the Dreadlock Ravioli, ricotta cheese ravioli with basil, garlic, diced tomato, and green onion served in their house made marinara sauce, and the Spaghetti Garlic and Herb which is made with diced tomatoes, green onion, and herbs sauteed with spaghetti in a white wine sauce. There are multiple dishes on their menu that can be made vegetarian, vegan, and/or gluten free, just ask to see what’s possible!

There is also a full bar stocked with Jamaican beer and rums and with local beer on tap. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the reggae music!

“Enjoyed this spot and loved the tortellini Jamaica mon. The flavors were surprisingly delicious and complex. Hubby got the Mystic Pasta and was thrilled. Definitely recommend stopping here.” -Yelp Review

3. Adam’s Mountain Cafe

Stick to Adam’s classic recipes or explore global cuisines, both with vegan and vegetarian options!

26 Manitou Ave | Manitou Springs | adamsmountaincafe.com

Adam’s Mountain Cafe is the perfect place for vegans and vegetarians. With a menu intentionally designed to be vegan and vegetarian friendly, you will not feel as if your dietary needs are an afterthought at this cafe located in the vibrant neighborhood of Manitou Springs. All of their servers are knowledgeable about vegetarian and vegan diets, and they are more than happy to assist guests in navigating the menu.  

Enjoy a breakfast of Vegan Huevos Rancheros and Vegan French Toast, a lunch of delicious Vegan Cauliflower Tacos and Thai Noodle Salad, and a dinner of Vegan Midori Ramen or the vegetarian Rural Italian Lasagna. There’s plenty of options that are non vegan/vegetarian too so the whole family can enjoy food from Adam’s!

“We stopped here for brunch on way to pikes peak. It's a lovely place, awesome ambience and friendly staff and also really good food.

We are 4 veg folks and they had amazing selection of food. Good portion and no complains.” -Yelp Review

4. Phantom Canyon Brewing Co.

Thoughtfully made brews and award-winning vegetarian grub

2 E Pikes Peak Ave | Colorado Springs | phantomcanyon.com

If you want carefully crafted brews and not-your-average-brewery-fare, you should check out Phantom Canyon Brewing Co.

Since opening in 1993, Phantom has honored the spirit of the Colorado Springs Phantom Canyon and Chief Two Moons of the Cheyenne Indian Tribe by dedicating themselves to providing those in Colorado Springs with the best beer, food, and hospitality they can.

It’s safe to say they have succeeded, especially by including vegan and vegetarian options on their menu so that everyone can experience the best restaurant Colorado Springs has to offer. From basics like a hummus appetizer and an Impossible Burger to a Veggie Shepherd's Pie, Phantom has quite a few dishes for your veggie loving heart.

“Had a delicious burger with my sister on a Sunday afternoon while we waited for our spot to open at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Service was fantastic and the atmosphere was busy, but friendly. Really good food. We'll be back.” -Yelp Review

5. TAPAteria

Gluten-free Spanish tapas in a classic Barcelona setting

2607 W Colorado Ave | Colorado Springs | tapateria.com

You don’t have to travel all the way to Spain for this authentic experience - only to TAPAteria in Colorado Springs.

Serving a 100% gluten free menu you can snack on warm olives and mushroom toast as you sip on Lagar Amalgama (Chile) which is a red wine that consists of a Cabernet & Syrah blend with hints of spice & cassis. TAPAteria is the getaway you didn’t know you needed, but one you definitely deserve. 

And if you really loved dining at TAPAteria, they are constantly hosting all kinds of different annual events and dinners for patrons. They’ve got New Year’s Eve dinner this year (2024) and if you miss that, make sure to check their Events & Paella On The Patio page on their website.

“Was here for a wedding and the food I tried was delicious!! Staff was super friendly and all the food was flavorful. Would highly recommend the garlic shrimp, and the meatballs. Extra tasty!” -Yelp Review

6. Streetcar520

An eclectic New American eatery with exceptionally good food and vibes!

520 S Tejon St | Colorado Springs | streetcar520.com

Positioned in the heart of Downtown Colorado Springs, the building was originally built to store the streetcars that once traveled Tejon Street. Although the streetcars were decommissioned and replaced with buses in 1932, owner and operator Ari Howard put together an extensive collection of vintage photographs and rail maps to keep the building’s roots and original purpose as a core component of the concept and brand of Streetcar520, a restaurant that many patrons flock to everyday.

Streetcar520’s menu boasts vegetarian fare such as the Boghi Bowl, Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese, and the Chimichurri Polenta Cakes. Seek out Drag Brunch and enjoy the show while you have eats like the Falafel Scramble, and make sure you stop in during happy hour for 50% off select appetizers and drink specials!

“Service is always five stars here! The food is always on point! The burgers are always perfect and their salmon is top notch! The show stopper is the curry fries though. Sooo addicting!” -Yelp Review

7. Monse's Pupuseria

Salvadoran comfort food specializing in pupusas and other homemade traditional Salvadoran favorites

115 S 25th St | Colorado Springs | monsestasteofelsalvador.online

This pupuseria brings the taste of El Salvador to Colorado Springs! Here you can enjoy Salvadorian comfort food with a focus on pupusas and other homemade traditional Salvadoran favorites.

Vegetarian options include pupusas with vegan carnitas and vegan cheese filling, pinto and green chile filling, and zucchini, chile poblano, and cheese filling. You can also enjoy other starters and dishes such as loaded Yucca Fries and a fan favorite, the Chips & Queso where vegan queso is available.

In addition to providing vegan and vegetarian options, everything is also 100% gluten-free, so it’s the perfect spot for groups with various dietary preferences.

“Most amazing pupusas! We loved this indoor/outdoor pupuseria! Gluten free and delicious! I tried a vegetarian green chile and cheese pupusa, and honestly, this was the best of the flavors, but they were all delicious. We didn't try the pork. Very large servings!” -Yelp Review

8. Sherpa Garden Restaurant & Bar

Nepalese & Tibetan dishes in a comfy setting make this a great vegetarian restaurant in Colorado Springs!

1005 W Colorado Ave | Colorado Springs | sherpagarden.com

Just a little ways from the “Garden of the Gods” and other exciting places Colorado Springs is known for, Sherpa Garden Restaurant & Bar specializes in Tibetan and Nepalese foods at prices you won’t bat an eye at. Sherpa Garden Restaurant & Bar doesn’t just share their tasty foods with you, they also share a bit of Tibetan culture with you too! 

Including gluten free, dairy free, and/or vegan alternatives, Sherpa Garden has a menu with a great variety of fun foods like Papadams, Pakora (deep fried vegetable mix with onions, cauliflower, potatoes, and broccoli, which is already GF and can be made VG without the Raita sauce), Medium Dahl, Tibetan Noodles, and more!

“Fantastic restaurant in all aspects - the service was great - they were so welcoming to us - they made accomodations for our specific food requests (i.e., no added salt). The food was made to order, came out quickly and was absolutely delicious. Highly recommend” -Yelp Review

9. Santana's Vegan Grill

All plant-based versions of classic American foods, heck yes!!

3220 Austin Bluffs Pkwy | Colorado Springs | santanasvegangrill.com

“Vegan Food You’ll Actually Crave,” that’s what Santana’s Vegan Grill is boasting about as soon as you click onto their website and from looking at their menu we can see why! Traditional favorites you find at regular run of the mill American pubs and diners, Santana’s Vegan Grill has all of those foods hot and ready to serve but vegan-ized!

Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this restaurant has something for everyone any time of day, you can enjoy their Deluxe Bacon Cheeseburger, Thousand Island Burger, BBQ Chicken Strips, Meatball Mozzarella, and Spicy Italian Sausage for lunch/dinner. And for breakfast you can take a gander at the Bacon, Egg & Cheese, Short Stack Pancakes, and Hash Browns! No matter what you get, it’s sure to be good, it’s all vegan!

“So so delicious. I love their breakfast menu. The bacon egg and cheese sandwich is so yummy. I came here from out of state and wish there was a location where I live! If you're a local, take advantage of this awesome place” -Yelp Review

10. CHAANG THAI

Classic Thai food with a whole vegan menu that invites everyone in!

7525 N Academy Blvd | Colorado Springs | chaangthaicos.com

Created by Chef Suwanna Meyer, Chaang Thai is here to encompass street-style food and traditional dishes all from Thailand. Thai food has five beats of flavor which are sweet, sour, spicy, and bitter which are all emphasized greatly in Meyer’s food. With vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free menu items, Chaang Thai has a little something for everyone!

Since we’re here to specifically talk about vegetarian/vegan foods we are only gonna mention what’s on the vegan menu specifically, so if you wanna know more make sure to check out their website, but for right now you can expect foods including but not limited to Vegetarian Spring Rolls, Tom Yum Soup, Pineapple Curry, Pad Thai Noodles, Tofu Teriyaki, and Pad Priew Wan (Thai Style - sweet & sour).

“We ordered the Pad Thai and the Panaang Curry and they were both very good. We ordered Takeout and it was ready when we arrived and the portions were big. Highly Recommend.” -Yelp Review

11. The Joint

Plant based street foods that will leave you wanting more!

Who doesn’t love loaded fries? Especially vegan loaded fries! Image courtesy of The Joint Vegan Street Food Yelp photo page.

19 N Tejon St | Colorado Springs | thejointveganstreetfood.com

Vegan street food is hard to come by, but you don’t need to look far in Colorado Springs because The Joint is a “plant forward, scratch made” restaurant that’s serving the best of the best when it comes to vegan foods. At The Joint the menu is always rotating, so it’s hard to say what exactly will be on the menu when you go but look forward to dishes like cauliflower wings, seasonal caprese, and loaded fries of course!

“Absolutely delicious! This is some of the best vegan food you will ever have. The owner makes all the food from scratch - even the sauces. There is so much love and care put into the food. I have to hold myself back from going every week but I usually can't resist.” -Yelp Review

12. Sweet Elizabeth's Organics

A gluten-free vegan bakery that will change the way you think about GF baked goods!

1625 W Uintah St K | Colorado Springs | sweetelizabethsorganics.com

You’ll never find a more dietary friendly bakery than that one in Colorado Springs that goes by the name Sweet Elizabeth’s Organics. Sweet Elizabeth’s is a gluten and allergen free- vegan bakery that sells a wide variety of sweet treats like Chocolate Chip Cookies, Gingerbread Cookies (great for the holidays), breads, cupcakes, brownies, and more.

And if you’re looking for something a little more savory try looking at their Cafe Menu which has delights such as the Parsley Pesto or Lentil Sandwich, Loaded Veggie Bowl, and Focaccia Pizza!

“Love this place, so many good treats and super friendly people. Definitely come here for sweets, donuts, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, awesome selections. Their hours are strict but no complaints there” -Yelp Review

13. Uchenna Ethiopian Restaurant

Authentic Ethiopian cuisine using the highest quality ingredients!

You won’t go hungry here at one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Colorado Springs! Image courtesy of the Uchenna Yelp photo page.

2501 W Colorado Ave # 105 | Colorado Springs | uchennaalive.com

Open for dinner, Uchenna Ethiopian Restaurant is for all those looking to expand their palates and try some truly amazing authentic Ethiopian foods. Maya the mother behind this restaurant, is here to bring a piece of her childhood to others, the smells and mouth-watering traditional dishes, and the community of others smiling and laughing around the table. 

Prepare to enjoy a variety of dishes both vegan and vegetarian with many gluten free options as well! There’s Chickpea Salad, the Veggie Sandwich which consists of Pita bread filled with string beans, tomato, cucumber, and seasonal greens sautéed with spices, and a whole vegan menu full of goodies!

“Incredibly tasty food, great atmosphere, and very friendly. 1st time trying Ethiopian food so I didn't know what to expect but it was so flavorful and delicious I want to try other dishes.” -Yelp Review

14. Garden of the Gods Market and Cafe

This “grab and go” cafe is here to bring you an array of Colorado foods!

616 S Tejon St Suite C | Colorado Springs | godsmarketandcafe.com

Garden of the Gods Market and Cafe is the perfect place for anyone. Need to get something quick on a lunch break or as you’re out exploring the town? This restaurant offers local foods ready for pick up as soon as you step through the doors. Plus you can order ahead and see what all the fuss is about.

If you want to stay and catch up with friends, Garden of the Gods Market and Cafe has seating available too where you can try a number of their dishes like the Banana Bread French Toast, Tomato Basil Soup, and Green Chili Fries.

“A wonderful, nutritious lunch! Had the arugula, beet salad with chicken and it was fabulous! My husband had the curry chicken sandwich with tomato basil soup and it was great! David makes a beautiful, perfecto latte with oat milk! When visiting Colorado Springs, this place is a favorite!” -Yelp Review

15. Shuga's

Global inspired eats and creative handcrafted cocktails all in a uniquely designed room

702 S Cascade Ave | Colorado Springs | shugas.com

What’s Shuga’s you ask?

  • Well it’s a quaint space serving a unique spread of food and cocktails making it one of the best vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Colorado Springs.

Now that you know, let’s dive a little into the menu so you can plan your menu picks ahead. There’s Bruschetta, the Phellini sandwich which consists of goat cheese, sweet basil pesto, and tomato all grilled on a rosemary sourdough. Shuga’s is definitely the place you want to go when you’re looking for an eclectic meal.

“Great food and drinks, trendy and fun atmosphere. It is quite expensive, though. The price is justified for sure, given the high quality. They know what they're worth. I love this place, it's just a bit pricey to be going here all the time.” -Yelp Review

There are what seems like endless options when it comes to vegetarian dining in Colorado Springs, just remember not to spend all of your time in a restaurant! From colorful views of rock formations to daring mountain treks, the vegetarian eats are just icing on the cake for all that is Colorado Springs.

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